January 29, 2013

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement commemorating the fourth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:

“Four years ago I was proud to see the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act become law because the bill rightfully ensured that all Americans are paid the same wage regardless of age, gender, race or ethnicity.  The legislation represented a historic step forward for equality in the workplace, but more work remains. The fact is that millions of American women continue to lose nearly a quarter of their potential earnings to gender discrimination and that is unacceptable.” 

“On this fourth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, we must all renew our commitment to pay equity, and we can start by acting on the Paycheck Fairness Act which aims to end pay discrimination.  I’m hopeful that my colleagues in the Senate will join me in taking up this cause and look forward to continuing my efforts on behalf of pay equity.”

Shaheen is the first female to be elected both governor and senator in American history and over the course of her career has been a staunch supporter of pay-equity laws. She cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law four years ago and has cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act during the previous two Congresses.

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